Five Star Friday 234th Edition Is Brought to You By Maile Meloy

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the laziness of adjectives, the surfaces of things versus the reality, accepting manhood, a coming out, a plea for inclusion, good truths about early motherhood, the gutting of Canada's ability to differ with its government, prejudice and bigotry, a deeply broken heart crying for justice, and

Maile Meloy

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You can’t tip your hand if you don’t know yet what your hand is.
     — Maile Meloy

Happy Friday!

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What Prose Writers Can Steal From Poets

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Matt Debenham

at

debenblog

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Adjectives, especially, are words that have given up. They are in sweatpants all day. They are on the couch smoking pot while the nouns and verbs go to work.

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My Son Spent the Night In a Cardboard Box

" by

Matt Chambers

at

Ethoshift

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The hope is that people think we're ok, so that's how we package ourselves. And, we're brilliant at pulling it off. A quick scroll through Facebook or Twitter will testify to that. Yet, all the while, a quick scroll through Pinterest will remind us at how much better packaging often is than the finished product.

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I Can Finally Say I Am Proud to Be a Man

" by Laurence Best at

The Good Men Project

:

I could hardly breathe as I stared silently at the floor. And then the lump that had been growing in my throat turned into tears, and the tears into choking sobs. Coming to grips with what I really thought of myself was like the floor giving way beneath me.

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My Name is Zooey

" by

Zooey Parker

at

Saving Pixels

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We seem to have an inexplicable need to box people up and categorize them. And in the end, we draw lines around ourselves; lines we turn into walls and walls that become our own closets.

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An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

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Dannika Nash

at

Faith, Feminism, and Major League Baseball

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We want to stay in your churches, we want to hear about your Jesus, but it's hard to hear about love from a God who doesn't love our gay friends (and we all have gay friends). Help us find love in the church before we look for it outside.

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Being a Mama

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Beth Fletcher

at

I Should Be Folding Laundry

:

Every day, from morning to night, there are people who love you more than they love themselves. Even with your imperfections, your lack of patience, even without makeup, you are so loved.

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Muzzling Scientists Is an Assault On Democracy

" by

David Suzuki

, with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington, at

Science Matters | David Suzuki Foundation

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In a truly open and democratic society, ideas, policies and legislation are exposed to scrutiny, debate and criticism. Information is shared freely. Governments support research that makes the country stronger by ensuring its policies are in the best interests of the people. A government that values its citizens more than its industrial backers does not fear information and opposition.

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No, Dude, It's Not Bigotry

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Bon Stewart

at

Crib Chronicles Theory

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We live in strange times. Everybody gets to have a public opinion and 700 channels to share it on and I for one welcome our new Bedlam overlords.
But there is a strain of discourse rising in the cloud that is starting to permeate a great many of the conversations I happen on. It’s the idea that women critiquing men is oppressive and equates to bigotry.

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Rehtaeh Parsons Was My Daughter

" by

Glen Canning

at

GlenCanning.com

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The worst nightmare of my life has just begun. I loved my beautiful baby with all my heart.

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